Authorities Respond To Rear-end Collision On Business Highway 75
(Le Mars) — A two-vehicle rear-end collision occurred at the intersection of South Business Highway 75 and 24th Street Wednesday afternoon, causing traffic to be backed up for a nearly a half hour while authorities investigated and cleaned up the debris. The accident was reported at about 2:47 p.m. Traffic on Business 75 was down to one-lane of alternating travel. Officials on the scene say there was one person that had suffered only minor injuries. Responding to the accident were the Le Mars Ambulance Services, Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, and the Le Mars Police Department. Le Mars Police is conducting the accident investigation. No report as of yet to the identities of those involved with the accident.
Grassley Visits With Industrial Arts Students At MMCRU
(Marcus) — Prior to his visit at Le Mars on Tuesday afternoon to see the new Wells Enterprises health clinic, U-S Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa visited the MMCRU high school at Marcus to talk with students enrolled with the Industrial Arts courses, and participating in the “Skills USA” program. Grassley says he was pleased to see students, both men and women, participate in the program. He says college may not be suitable for all students, and there are plenty of job opportunities available in Iowa demanding vocational trade experience.
Grassley informed the media that he has learned from several Iowa manufacturing businesses that they are in need of people with skilled vocational skills and training to fill jobs.
The U-S Senator visited directly with five students enrolled in the program, as well as with school officials who said many of the students after high school have been determined to be “job ready” and have entered employment with local industries and businesses.
Missing Cherokee Couple Involved With Accident
(Omaha) — A Cherokee elderly couple believed to be missing on Tuesday were in fact involved with a personal injury accident at Omaha. Omaha Police Department has released additional information saying the couple, Barbara and Kenneth Arndt were involved in an accident that happened at approximately 4:00 p.m. The accident occurred at the intersection of South 171st Street and West Center Road. Barbara Arndt was driving eastbound on West Center Road approaching 171st Street when they struck another vehicle from the back and that vehicle was pushed into a third vehicle that was also at the stop light. The accident caused the Arndt’s vehicle to roll onto the passenger side of the vehicle and partially ejecting Kenneth Arndt who was determined to be unrestrained. Arndt was pinned underneath the door of the vehicle. The Omaha Fire Department had to extricate both of the Arndt’s, and both were taken to a local hospital. Family members have reported on social media that the couple are in an Omaha hospital in stable condition following the accident. The Cherokee Police initially reported the couple as missing and were uncertain of their where locale.
Governor Reynolds Emphasizes Minorities To Be Vaccinated
(Des Moines) — Governor Reynolds is emphasizing the need for minority populations to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. During her weekly news conference held Wednesday, Reynolds specifically mentioned several clinics across the state, including one at Storm Lake, Iowa, known as “Salute” that is focussing on vaccinating African-Americans, Hispanics and other Latino groups, as well as also Asian-Americans. The governor says although more minority groups are getting their protection against COVID-19, more attention needs to be directed to these communities.
Reynolds says she is encouraged, but admits more needs to be done in order to see Iowa’s minority communities fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. The governor thanked the community partnerships and she says she anticipates to see the numbers improve. Reynolds says more than 1.7 million doses of vaccine have been administered, which according to Reynolds, is 83 percent of all the doses delivered to the state.
Reynolds Against “COVID Passports”
(Des Moines) –– Declaring she is against any type of COVID-19 passports, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced during her weekly news conference, that Iowans need to take a stand against such action calling for what is known as a “COVID passport.”
Waterloo Police Officer Shoots Armed Man Early Wednesday
(Waterloo, IA) — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating a shooting by a Waterloo police officer early today(Wednesday) that left a man wounded. Two Black Hawk County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a man carrying a long gun on a city street. Investigators say they spotted the armed man walking on a Cedar River bridge and he pointed his weapon at hip level toward one of the deputies. Police say a Waterloo officer saw what was happening and fired at the man, striking him twice. The man shot is hospitalized at U-I Hospitals and Clinics. No other injuries were reported.
Report: Governor Reynolds Gave State Agency Heads Big Bonuses
(Des Moines, IA) — A new report says Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has given two state agency directors large bonuses this year. The Cedar Rapids Gazette got documents showing the governor gave Iowa Homeland Security director Paul Trombino a 46-thousand-dollar bonus in February, bringing his annual salary to nearly 160-thousand. Iowa Economic Development Authority and Finance Authority director Debi Durham received a 50-thousand-dollar bonus in January. Documents posted on The Gazette website show Durham’s salary this year will top 200-thousand dollars.
Possible Puppy Abuse Under Investigation in Cedar Rapids
(Cedar Rapids, IA) –– Cedar Rapids Animal Care Control is investigating the possible abuse of a 12-week old golden retriever. Officials say a teenager dropped off the injured puppy at a home last week. Investigators believe the dog may have been slammed to the ground. He had two broken legs and a right front foot fracture. Critter Crusaders of Cedar Rapids covered surgical care for the puppy named Kimble. He had surgery Tuesday and has been hospitalized since April 1st. A reward is offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Iowa State COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic For Students Begins April 19th
(Ames, IA) — Iowa State University is holding a coronavirus vaccination clinic for students on campus later this month. Students will be able to get the Johnson and Johnson vaccine over a two-week period starting April 19th. I-S-U hopes to vaccinate as many students as possible before the semester ends in May.